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Garlic Mustard
Posted on April 27th, 2010

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) – Noxious Weed

A new invasive plant has been spotted in Edmonton. Kristy Jackson was at the Alberta Invasive Alien Plants Council Meeting last week in Nisku and heard that garlic mustard, a prohibited noxious weed, had been found growing in St. Albert. The next night, while she was out for a bike ride in the Mill Creek Ravine, she come across the first patch of garlic mustard ever found in Edmonton. What a coincidence!

The patch was located on the treed, south-facing slope just north of 76th Avenue, where the ravine trail crosses the road. ENG is working with Gary Chan (City of Edmonton) to get a weeding party together later this month to weed it out before it goes to seed.

Email me at engedmonton@gmail.com if you would like to do some hand weeding and harvest some garlic mustard. It's edible and tastes quite spicy.

To find out more about our newest foreign invader, go to http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/alpe1.htm.

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